You have to hand it to Christians, they are relentless in their determination to get their special privileges back and to be permitted to carry on victimising and bullying minorities. Even though they've been knocked down and defeated in every court in the UK and Europe, still they whinge and grizzle and demand changes to the law when they are found yet again to have been bullying gays and denying them the same basic human rights that they enjoy.
This particular example comes from Northern Ireland, from a DUP MLA, Paul Givan.
|Paul Givan, MLA|
Givan is now calling for legislation to insert a 'conscience clause' into equalities legislation which would, in effect, exempt anyone from the legal obligation to treat people equally in the provision of goods and services if they could claim it went against their 'conscience' to do so. A bullies' and bigots charter in effect.
The Equalities and Human Rights Commission is the statutory body charged by the UK Parliament with challenging discrimination and promoting human rights throughout the UK, of which Northern Ireland is a part. They gave Asher's the option of paying compensation to avoid going to court.
Paul Jonathan Givan is a creationist who, when a member of Lisburn City Council tried to get creationism taught as science in Lisburn's schools. He is on the board of governors of two primary schools. Earlier this year a formal complaint was made against him when, as Chair of Stormont's Justice Committee, he is alleged to have abused a prostitute invited to give evidence to the committee on proposed changes to legislation. He asked her how much she charged and accused her of discriminating against disabled people by not offering them a discount.
Fundamentalist Protestant Christians in Northern Ireland who, until recently, had their own theocracy in the form of, in Sir Edward Carson's words, a 'Protestant state for a Protestant People', run by senior Presbyterian clerics through the Masonic Orange Orders, feel aggrieved enough about having to treat Catholics as normal human beings without having to extend the same courtesy to homosexuals and so feel distinctly underprivileged.
The degree to which Christians in Northern Ireland are losing their power and privileges can be gauged from the fact that Givan's fellow creationist fundamentalist Protestant MLA colleague, Jim Wells, who, like Givan, has no background is science but never-the-less feels qualified to dismiss an entire body of it, was recently appointed to head up the province's highest spending public body, the devolved National Health Service.
But of course the fact that they run practically everything of any importance in the province is nothing compared to the loss of their right to bully and victimise the minorities of their choice. Clearly, the equalities legislation needs correcting. It's giving too much equality and not enough privilege.
'via Blog this'